The HDS Unified Compute Platform (UCP) delivers some compelling data center benefits that are worth noting, including:
- Consistent, common management platform. Breaking down the inherent silos in traditional data centers means that your IT personnel can be streamlined and trained more effectively.
- A clear path to 100Gbs. Most converged infrastructures deliver common protocols and fabrics which will make it easier to implement performance upgrades toward 100Gbs.
- Data center scalability and flexibility. Improved scalability means that IT can better meet the needs of its internal clients by more efficiently deploying on-demand services or private cloud computing solutions.
- Faster resource provisioning. Data center convergence allows you to deploy applications quickly and efficiently across the enterprise without impacting operational service level agreements (SLAs).
- Organizational agility. All these benefits combined ultimately yields a marked improvement in organizational agility. Flexibility, better resource provisioning, more efficient IT teams, and simpler management – all of these features and benefits translate to competitive advantage.
With cloud computing solutions and mobile technology services accelerating rapidly, infrastructures have evolved into a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach that delivers on these offerings. SDDC architectures enable the hybrid cloud by creating an underlying infrastructure that is common to both private and public cloud solutions. As our partner, VMware, shares in their whitepaper – Delivering on the Promise of the Software-Defined Data Center (PDF) – a SDDC approach takes the above business benefits to the next level:
- Faster time to value thanks to greater agility, better automation, faster deployments
- Minimize IT spend thanks to greater utilization of the physical infrastructure
- Eliminate vendor lock-in since all hardware components are performed by software running on commodity x86 servers
- Free IT staff for innovation thanks in part to built-in management framework and intelligence
- Unmatched efficiency and resiliency that comes with flexible and stable platforms. This means being able to run high-performance computing services, big data solutions, and latency-sensitive applications
Now, HDS has announced support for VMware NSX network virtualization platform, which when combined with their UCP and hyperconverged infrastructure systems delivers a platform and foundation that is quite powerful. Customers can automate the deployment of applications with complete networking services and advanced network virtualization capabilities. The bottom line… a significant improvement in application agility and acceleration toward a true hybrid cloud computing solution.